Four of Feathers / Swords

Four of Feathers / Swords
The Four of Feathers is a card I’m pretty much always glad to see. I’m a big fan of structure and taking time to myself to just be quiet. While this can seem very similar to the closing off seen in the Two of Feathers, the Collective Tarot says that, “where Two of Feathers tends to harm others or close others off for the sake of autonomy, this card is about knowing what you need, feeling entitled to it, and letting it be known.” Basically, it shows a more mature, healthier way of setting boundaries.

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Three of Feathers / Swords

Three of Feathers / Swords

Oh boy…here we go. Heartbreak sucks. One thing I can say about this card is that I don’t normally have a hard time interpreting it or remembering what it’s about. There aren’t many layers to delve into (for me) with this particular one.

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Two of Feathers / Swords

Two of Feathers / Swords
The Two of Feathers always screams of just getting shit taken care of and going through the motions. I can identify with that feeling of just needing to move forward to get through the situation. The person in this card is packing a box in a room that is otherwise all packed up (save the curtains, I suppose). While moving is always stressful on many levels (so many logistics to take care of, so many possessions to sort through, so many decisions–small and large—to make), this card reminds me specifically of post-breakup moves. I’ve been in that situation twice and it makes putting my head down and barrelling through the situation even more of a necessity. I feel like stopping (or even slowing down) will leave me completely overwhelmed and paralyzed.
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Ace of Feathers / Swords

Ace of Feathers / Swords
I have a hard time with the Feathers suit, so I decided to make it the first one I go through in this process. As with all aces, the Ace of Swords/Feathers holds the promise of everything to come in its suit, its main quality and root. In this case, that means communication and the intellect. In yoga, there is a distinction made between the mind and the intellect: while the mind is reactive, the intellect is discriminating. The mind takes in information from the organs of perception and creates feelings (physical and emotional) from that information. While this can be useful (taking your hand off of something that is hot or not touching something you know has burned you in the past), it can also result in unhelpful and irrational responses, like claustrophobia or other panic-type reactions that serve no purpose.

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Begin now, with what you have

I’m taking the new year as a good time to get back to my study of tarot. This time, I’m going to be more deliberate, going through the deck card by card. My plan in to do the Minor Arcana first, since I’m pretty comfortable with the Major Arcana.

I did the New Year spread from Beth Maiden at Little Red Tarot and pulled all Feathers (Swords), Bones (Pentacles), and Major Arcana, so it seemed like a good idea to start with what of those three gives me the hardest time: the Swords.

My New Year’s Eve 2016 spread using the lovely Collective Tarot

So, here’s the plan:

  • Go through each Minor Arcana suit from Ace to King/Mentor.
  • Start with Swords/Feathers, then follow with Pentacles/Bones, Wands/Keys, and Cups/Bottles.
  • Ideally, if that all happens, go through the Major Arcana from the Fool to the World.

I don’t have a particular timeline in mind. I mostly want to actually study and write more when it comes to Tarot. I will most likely be using the Collective Tarot and Tarot of the Pagan Cats, since those are the two decks I use, but in all honesty the Collective Tarot is the one that I reach for most.* I guarantee no particular publishing schedule, but hope to do at least two entries a month. Seems reasonable.

I guess that’s all. Happy New Year!

*even if the cards are HUGE

(Note: Cards above are from the amazing, magical, super-queer, wonderful Collective Tarot.)

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